National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the Party’s Core Group at Party Headquarters ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ in Srinagar to discuss the prevailing situation and recent developments in the State. Addressing reporters at the conclusion of the Core Group Meeting, Omar Abdullah said the party seeking the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly to thwart attempts and plans of horsetrading as this would result in further erosion in the credibility of the democratic process and institutions in the State.
The National Conference Vice President said dialogue internally as well as externally was imperative and the political issue in Kashmir, as well as the ensuing crisis, could not be resolved through operational and military means.
Omar Abdullah said there should be zero-tolerance for Human Rights Violations and the fundamental rights of the people should be upheld at all costs. The National Conference Vice President said the foremost concern should be to provide relief to the people of the State through a reconciliatory rather than confrontational approach and to work towards creating a peaceful, positive atmosphere in the State.
In response to a question, the National Conference Vice President said Mehbooba Mufti’s Government would be remembered for its ruthless, anti-people legacy that fueled alienation in the Valley through its iron-fist approach to deal with widespread disenchantment and disillusionment that was stoked by PDP’s glaring ideological U-turns to remain in power. Omar Abdullah said PDP’s approach to deal with recurring crises in the Valley was an approach of denial, persecution, and insensitivity evidenced by her silence on glaring human-rights violations where youth were used as human shields and mowed down by vehicles in stark contrast to the hollow rhetoric of the former Chief Minister.
The National Conference Vice President reiterated the party’s stand that it would neither seek support nor offer support for Government formation in the State and reiterated that the Assembly should be dissolved to thwart attempts of horse-trading which aim to discredit the aspirations of the people.
The Core Group Meeting was attended by National Conference General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Provincial Presidents Nasir Aslam Wani and Devender Singh Rana, Senior Leaders Abdul Rahim Rather, Mubarak Gul, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Ajay Sadhotra, S. S. Slathia, Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo, Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, Mian Altaf Ahmed, Javed Ahmed Rana, Sakina Ittoo, Shameema Firdous and Shammi Oberoi.